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No, being audited does not prevent Donald Trump from releasing his tax returns

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Donald Trump returned to a familiar excuse for not releasing his tax returns Monday night: He is under a "routine audit."

But the Internal Revenue Service has said that nothing precludes someone under audit from releasing his or her tax returns.

In the debate, Trump said much information could be gleaned by the financial disclosures he ...Read more

Trump is still Trump in first debate and Clinton doesn't take the bait

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump came to their first debate Monday night, each armed with a full arsenal of facts, provocations and precooked one-liners.

Their face-off at Hofstra University on New York's Long Island, the first of three, came as the race tightens considerably.

The task for Clinton, the Democrat, was to avoid ...Read more

Donald Trump insists he never backed the Iraq War; but did he?

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One of the longest-running debates between Donald Trump and fact-checkers in the race is this: Did he support the war in Iraq? In Monday's debate, he held firm.

"I did not support the war in Iraq," he said after Hillary Clinton raised the issue. Moderator Lester Holt weighed in, saying the record showed otherwise.

In the run-up to the war, ...Read more

Amid Super Bowl-level hype, Clinton and Trump take the stage in first debate

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The sprawling and brawling 2016 presidential contest narrowed to a rare moment of focus and clarity Monday night as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shared a stage for the first time to say how, with their vastly different styles and approach, they would lead the country for the next four years.

The first debate of the fall ...Read more

Green Party nominee Jill Stein removed from campus hosting Clinton-Trump debate

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Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was escorted by police off the Hofstra University campus Monday, hours before the school was to host the debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

Stein was "nicely escorted" from campus after authorities found that she did not have proper media credentials, a Nassau ...Read more

Trump advisers detail how economic plan would boost revenue

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's economic team offered more math behind his assertion that his tax cuts will mostly pay for themselves, saying trade policy would generate most of the additional wages and corporate profits that feed government revenue.

The Republican presidential nominee's economic policy proposals will generate $2.37 trillion in ...Read more

Reid: 'Donald Trump is a racist'

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., declared Monday that Donald Trump is a racist, and lambasted the media for not labeling the Republican presidential nominee as such.

"There's always one word that many in the press conspicuously avoid: racist. ... But he is a racist. Donald Trump is a racist," Reid said on the Senate floor. "'Racist' is a ...Read more

Opioid epidemic enters funding debate

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposal to keep the government funded included one below-the-radar addition: funding to combat the opioid epidemic. While senators in both parties support addressing the issue, the move had some Democrats crying foul.

The Kentucky Republican unveiled last week a draft continuing resolution...Read more

Analysis: For Clinton and Trump, first debate could be a last chance to change voters' minds

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump step onto the biggest shared stage of their presidential campaign Monday chasing the same goal: persuading voters to discard long-held and sharply negative views of them.

Trump faces the biggest task in this first presidential debate, to accomplish in one night what he has not been able to ...Read more

Linda McMahon still a Republican fundraising heavyweight

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Former WWE executive Linda McMahon may have been pinned for the three count twice in failed runs for Senate in Connecticut but she hasn't tapped out when it comes to fundraising for Republicans.

McMahon lost races for Senate in 2010 and 2012 to Connecticut's Democratic senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy.

But according to the Center ...Read more

Is Congress headed toward a government shutdown?

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WASHINGTON -- It might be time to dust off the government shutdown clocks.

A senior Democratic aide said Senate Democrats are expected to block the stopgap spending plan that's currently on the table.

Even if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can rally enough votes for his continuing resolution (he'll need more than a handful of Democrats...Read more

Trump campaign says he didn't know debate moderator Lester Holt was a registered Republican

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WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump didn't know moderator Lester Holt's political affiliation before labeling him a Democrat earlier this month, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Monday.

Bloomberg Politics' co-managing editor Mark Halperin repeatedly pressed Conway on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Monday, questioning ...Read more

Billionaire donors led by Soros, Simons favor Clinton over Trump

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BOSTON -- Hillary Clinton gets the vote from America's richest citizens. Or at least she's getting their cash.

The former Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential candidate has collected $21.1 million for her campaign and its supporting political action committees from 17 U.S. donors on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Republican...Read more

Clinton-Trump debate could be battle of psychology as much as policy

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WASHINGTON -- Perhaps never have Americans been as familiar with both presidential nominees as they are with the two on the debate stage Monday night.

Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump needs to spend much time introducing themselves to voters. Instead, they will seek to use this uninterrupted forum to sharpen attacks, provoke and knock ...Read more

Campaigns differ on whether debate moderator should challenge lies

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WASHINGTON -- Campaign managers for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton disagreed Sunday on whether the moderator of Monday night's debate, NBC's Lester Holt, should challenge false assertions by the candidates.

NBC took flak after Matt Lauer, co-anchor of "Today," questioned Trump and Clinton at a form Sept. 7.

Critics blasted Lauer for not ...Read more

Trump and Netanyahu discuss border fence, status of Jerusalem

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WASHINGTON ––Donald Trump "discussed at length Israel's successful experience with a security fence that helped secure its borders" during a meeting Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump's campaign said.

Trump's proposal to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico to confront illegal immigration has become a ...Read more

Scope of Trump's lies are unprecedented for a modern presidential candidate

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MIAMI -- Donald Trump says taxes in the United States are higher than almost anywhere else on Earth. They're not.

He says he opposed the Iraq war from the start. He didn't.

Now, after years of spreading the lie that President Barack Obama was born in Africa, Trump says Hillary Clinton did it first (untrue) and that he's the one who put the ...Read more

New York Times endorses Clinton for president

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WASHINGTON ––The New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, saying the Democrat's "record of service and a raft of pragmatic ideas" represent the best choice to tackle the challenges the U.S. faces.

"Running down the other guy won't suffice to make that argument. The best case for Hillary Clinton cannot be, and is not, that she ...Read more

Union women aren't so pro-Trump in Rust Belt

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NEW YORK -- Tammy Geanangel, a heavy equipment operator, didn't hold back when she heard three men talking about their support for Donald Trump over breakfast at a restaurant in Bloomingdale, Ohio.

"I called them out," said Geanangel, 50, an organizer for International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 in nearby Western Pennsylvania, ...Read more

Trump Hotels to pay New York $50,000 over data breaches

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NEW YORK-- Trump Hotel Collection agreed to pay $50,000 in fines and strengthen security measures after data breaches exposed more than 70,000 credit-card numbers and other personal information, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Friday.

Banks analyzing hundreds of fraudulent credit-card transactions in May 2015 tracked the last ...Read more